As summer winds down, we all go into frantic "don't take my iced coffee away yet" mode. Make the most out of these fleeting opportunities by mixing up some special cold-brew bevies.
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We examined 5 commercially available bottled cold-brew coffees and tasted them looking for not just taste, but technique, suitability in milk, and their ability to transcend those terrible typical qualities of flat, dull, stale flavor so often found in cold brew methods.
The latest in cold brew coffee technology? Gorilla's tetra packs. They're kind of like the juice boxes of cold brew. The red 11-ouncers have a resealable screwcap and can be poured over ice with milk or sugar, or just chugged straight from the box. Since it's not a concentrate, they don't need to be diluted.
You can predict it each year: as the mercury climbs, legions abandon their thermally insulated mugs and scramble for cold coffee. Whether you're an old hand at cold brew, or new to the slow, all-night magic of preparing cool coffee for hot days, it's time to get out the strainer and get your chill on. Here's our step by step guide. Don't worry: the hardest ingredient to come by is time.
As far as minimal-effort-required coffeemaking goes, the cold-brew technique is about as minimal as it gets. But think about how much minimal-er it'd be if someone else brewed it for you, bottled it up, and made enough concentrate for your next eight cups?